Comics Review #1: Black Widow – The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto

Black Widow Vol 1 A Finely Woven Thread Cover

 

Title: Black Widow – The Finely Woven Thread
Written by: Nathan Edmondson
Art by: Phil Noto
Collecting: Black Widow (2014) #1-6, material from All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1
Publisher: Marvel
Year: 2014

My first Black Widow comic. And it’s a good one!

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TV Series Review #3: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S02 E03)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo for season 2
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo for season 2 (source: theouthousers.com)

Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (IMDb): “Making Friends and Influencing People”
Created by: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Marvel Comics by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Season/Episode: Season 2, Episode 3
Directed byBobby Roth
Written by: Monica Owusu-Breen
Year: 2014
Length: ~45 min
My IMDb rating: 9/10

This review contains spoilers for season 1 and season 2, episode 1-3. Please continue reading only if you don’t mind being spoiled or have already watched all the episodes anyway. Enjoy 🙂

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TV Series Review #1: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S02 E01)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo for season 2
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo for season 2 (source: theouthousers.com)

Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (IMDb): “Shadows”
Created by: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Marvel Comics by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Season/Episode: Season 2, Episode 1
Directed byVincent Misiano
Written by: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Year: 2014
Length: ~45 min
My IMDb rating: 7/10

This review contains spoilers for season 1 and season 2, episode 1. Please continue reading only if you don’t mind being spoiled or have already watched all the episodes anyway. Enjoy 🙂

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Sunny Days in London

After my last Uni exam, I flew to London for one week to relax.
I was staying at Safestay Hostel which is located near Elephant & Castle. It’s not the most central hostel but it’s clean, staff are friendly and the beds have curtains to allow you some privacy. As a plus, you get free breakfast in the morning. I really enjoy staying there.

When you arrive, though, and have to carry your heavy luggage through the labyrinth that is the London Underground (stairs and more stairs and even more stairs)… Well, let’s just say I was happy when I could leave my stuff in the hostel and move on with much less weight. Next time, I’ll take the bus.

On Friday, my friend D., who had arrived a day prior, and I went to see War Horse at the New London Theatre. The musical is beautiful and our seats in the front row were just perfect. The horses looked and moved so realistically. It was truly amazing. As I had an aisle seat, right where the actors would leave and enter the stage, the experience became very close indeed.

I really like going to the stage door after plays/musicals to get autographs or maybe pictures with the actors. It also allows you to tell the actors how you liked the performance, give them gifts, etc. At the War Horse stage door where I got autographs of some of the actors, Elan James, who played Albert that night, recognised me (“You sat in the front row didn’t you? I saw you!”), asked how I liked the play and if it had been my first time seeing it (“Yes, it was.”). He was very sweet.

A rather crazy thing to happen at that stage door, was a couple of guys who were dressed as jockeys and who waited at the stage door for a friend who had been in the play. A friend whose birthday it was, apparently. When he cane out, they galloped towards him singing “happy birthday” in loud and cheerful voices. Crazy, wonderful people 😀

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Comic Books: A New World

I can tell you this: I enjoy reading comic books. And also: this is a very recent development. How did this happen? What started my fascination with American comic heroes?

I remember well how I got into Japanese comics, a.k.a. manga. They were my starting point into fandom.

I was 9 years old and my mother bought me the first volume of Sailor Moon on our way home from school. She never knew what consequences that little act of kindness would have (we had little money, so giving me something without it being my birthday or Christmas was a big deal). In the days and years to come, she would come to regret giving me that little book. She still jokes about it whenever I talk about one of my many fandoms. That one volume started a manga craze, and with it, my addiction to all sorts of media entertainment. Additionally to reading almost every manga that was being published, I watched a lot of anime and some American animation on TV and later online.

Sailor Moon example page
Sailor Moon appears! (Bishôjo Senshi Sailor Moon by Takeuchi Naoko, Vol. 1; source: mangareader.net)

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